Friday, 19 October, 2018

Facebook Deletes Britain First Accounts from Platform for Infringing Community Standards

Facebook bans Britain First from the social network after hate speech sentencing Facebook bans pages of Britain First and leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen
Kenny Thornton | 15 March, 2018, 00:37

The anti-Islamic group shared incendiary pictures, stories, and memes, largely relating to Muslims and complaints about a deemed breakdown in British society.

Late a year ago, Twitter suspended the accounts of Britain First and its leaders as part of a crackdown on hate and abuse - and in the process deleted Trump's retweets of the videos Fransen had tweeted.

The official Britain First Facebook page has been taken down, as have the official (but not personal) pages for the group's leader Paul Golding and deputy leader Jayda Fransen, the Verge reported on Wednesday.

Facebook (FB.O) banned on Wednesday far-right group Britain First from its platform and deleted the pages its leader Paul Golding and deputy leader Jayda Fransen for violating rules created to stop the incitement of hatred.

Facebook emphasised that they had not taken this decision lightly, and defended their position, stating: "There are times though when legitimate political speech crosses the line and becomes hate speech created to stir up hatred against groups in our society".

"Political parties, like individuals and all other organizations on Facebook, must abide by these standards and where a Page or person repeatedly breaks our Community Standards we remove them", stated Facebook.

"There are times though when legitimate political speech crosses the line and becomes hate speech created to stir up hatred against groups in our society", it said.

Vikings lose RB McKinnon to 49ers
He has rushed for 1,918 yards with an average of 4.0 yards per carry, has 142 catches for 984 yards, and has scored 12 touchdowns. McKinnon, 25, hit free agency looking for a much bigger role than the one he shared as part of the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.

Facebook went on to say that it's open to different political views, including controversial opinions that some might dislike.

Both Golding and Fransen recently received prison sentences for religiously-aggravated harassment.

Matthew Collins, the head of research at Hope Not Hate, told the Guardian: 'More than any other group, Britain First overstepped the mark, even going as far as to show Isis-style beheadings.

The Britain First page Facebook said it banned - the one with more than 2 million likes - reportedly featured a photo of Fransen and Golding with the caption "Islamaphobic and proud".

Facebook said that its community standards bans hate speech and it attempts to remove such content as fast as possible.

Golding previously urged supporters to continue following the group on other social networks following its Twitter ban in December.

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